Cricket Australia will cancel the one-off test match against Afghanistan slated to be held in November if Taliban ban women’s from playing cricket in Afghanistan.
CA issued an official statement on Thursday following the statement of the Deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq who clearly stated that they won’t allow women to play cricket. “I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket. In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this”, said Abdullah Wasiq.
After Abdullah Wasiq’s statement on women’s cricket, several Australian politicians including Australia sport minister condemned Taliban’s decision to exclude women from playing cricket in Afghanistan. They also said that the one-off test was due to start on November 27 in Hobart would not be able to go ahead if Taliban ban women’s from playing cricket.
“Driving the growth of women’s cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia. Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level”.
“If recent media reports that women’s cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would have no alternative but to not host Afghanistan for the proposed Test Match due to be played in Hobart.
“We thank the Australian and Tasmanian Governments for their support on this important issue”, Cricket Australia announced in its Official statement.
The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) also issued a statement supporting Cricket Australia’s stance. “What is happening now in Afghanistan is a human rights issue that transcends the game of cricket. And while we would love to see players such as Rashid Khan play against Australia, hosting this Test Match cannot be considered if that same opportunity to play the game is denied to Roya Samim and her teammates”, ACA stated.
All the International Cricket Council member nations are required to support & field a Women’s team apart from a men’s team. Last year the Afghanistan Cricket Board had announced the decision of handing out contracts to 25 women cricketers for the first time in their history.
The ICC also said that the matter & Afghanistan’s status in International cricket will be discussed at their next board meeting but that is not scheduled until November which also raises questions over Afghanistan’s participation in the T20 World Cup 2021.
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